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1967: Renovations to Old Town Hall Move Towards Completion

The Society’s extensive Old Town Hall restoration project enters a new phase as work moves from the exterior to the interior of the building. Having previously decided to do all of the interior restoration under one general contract, the Society is now faced with having to raise additional funds in order to complete the project as planned. 194 more words

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1966: Urban Renewal Offers an Opportunity

This year was one of renovations and changes for both the Society and Wilmington in general. The Society was deep into making plans for extensive, much-needed interior and exterior renovations to its Old Town Hall headquarters. 283 more words

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1965: Lydia Laird Offers the Read House to the Society

The year 1965 found the Society poised to grow and trying to navigate the difficulties of both pressing repair needs and a space crunch in its Old Town Hall headquarters. 232 more words

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1964: The Historical Society of Delaware Turns 100

The year 1964 was an incredibly important landmark year for the Society as it celebrated its 100th birthday. The organization now boasted six employees, including a Librarian and its second professional Executive Director, Mr. 280 more words

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1963: The search for more space

One of the Society’s big moves toward expansion in the 1960s was the purchase of the lot at 510 N. Market Street in Wilmington. For several years, the staff had conveyed the need for better collections storage than what the space in Old Town Hall could offer. 168 more words

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1962: The Society professionalizes

By 1962, the Delaware History Society had three full-time staff members and two part-time staff members. In January of that year, the board elected to hire its first professional executive director for the organization. 186 more words

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1961: Sally Farris joins the staff

As they approached their centennial year, the Historical Society of Delaware began planning for the future. In the letters and minutes of 1961, the board discussed staffing and storage needs. 212 more words

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